Ghana’s capital, Accra is largest metropolitan of the country with a population of over 4 million residents. On an average, as many as 2 million passengers on flights to Accra like British Airways come to the Kotoka International Airport every year. With a history of being a prisoner under the British, Dutch and the Danish, this city is accumulated in a compact area of 200 sq.kms between the forts of the invaders’ eras.
Defining its borders in terms of physical attributes, the Lafa-Mallam junction is towards the west, The Great Hall of the University of Ghana is at the city’s north, the Gulf of Guinea at its south and the Nautical College forming the eastern boundary. The city has come out to become the most modern amongst the African cities because of its recent decades of immigrants flourishing the area, from around the globe. Accra spreads over the Atlantic Ocean, giving it its popular beaches and tourist attractions. Flights deals aren’t expensive when booked in advance from tour companies.
In terms of climate, the city is influenced by both the tropical savannah and semi-arid climatic conditions. Accra sees two seasons of rainfall, with an average of 730 mm of precipitation. Throughout the year, the days have a maintained temperature but the humidity is relatively high. Often, the slum houses are disrupted from the thunderstorm activities caused by the strong wind influence. The sports arenas are known to have the largest insulation effect from the air pockets formed over Accra.
The central part of the city holds its name right- it is the administrative, cultural and economic center for Ghana. It is rich in its heritage, with museums, eclectic musical concerts, native art exhibits and a large number of historic sites to look forward to. The seaports are still low on docking facilities and thus have to arrange lighters to unload/load the goods, with the major port being Tema.
The neighbors don’t have to wait to buy airline tickets, the public transport facilities are the leading ways to get in and around the city, in the form of buses, trotros, taxis and cabs. Currently, the metro monorail has been constructed and will be in full fledged functioning by the end of 2012. From this point onwards, commuting will get even easier; people will be able to get hold of the cheap tickets to Accra’s metro stops around the metropolis.
The government is taking the initiative to demolish the city’s slum areas, which are nine to be specific. The shanty houses are congested, unhygienic, built with tinted roofs and have a bad influence on the city’s development. Men and women work on the streets to vendor crates of fruits and vegetables. On the contrary, the richer side of the city houses is constructed with spacious verandas and personalized gardens.